I felt a little giddy as I set out to vote in the presidential election. It was a first for me — I had been denied the right to vote in my native Pakistan. I belong to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. which has been disenfranchised in Pakistan. The United States has offered me abundant freedoms. The right to vote tops the list.
As I cast the ballot, I was struck that the hyped-up anti-Islam sentiments after 9/11 have not hampered my freedoms, whereas the country of my birth has ostracized me and declared me a non-Muslim. The U.S. Constitution is more aligned with the true Islamic values of governance — justice, fairness and the guarantee of basic rights for all regardless of religious and ethnic affiliations.
Mansura Bashir Minhas, Hollywood